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Study reveals how bacteria communicate in groups to avoid antibiotics

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Researchers from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a pathogen that causes pneumonia, sepsis and other infections, communicates distress signals within a group of bacteria in response to certain antibiotics.

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Notre Dame community encouraged to attend ND Energy’s inaugural research symposium

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) will host its inaugural research symposium. The event is free and open to the Notre Dame community. A full day of events is planned for attendees, including a presentation from Sally M. Benson, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy from Stanford University.

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23 students and alumni win NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards or honorable mentions

Author: Nora Kenney

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the winners of its 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with 12 University of Notre Dame students and alumni winning the highly coveted award from a pool of national competitors. Another 11 received honorable mention. Overall, 23 current or former Notre Dame students earned recognition from the NSF.

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Gallagher, Schoenbauer named 2018 Goldwater Scholars

Author: Erin Blasko

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The scholarship, which is awarded annually by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year for one or two years.

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Science-business softball player helps raise funds for cancer patients

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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When senior science-business major Katie Beriont signed on to play Division I softball for the University of Notre Dame, she never thought her effort on the field would make an impact on the lives of cancer patients and their families. Now in her final season, Beriont has taken a role in organizing the team’s 8th annual Strikeout Cancer event.

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Notre Dame to host TEDxUND 2018 April 28

Author: Patrick Gibbons

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TEDxUND organizers, in partnership with the IDEA Center at Notre Dame, will present TEDxUND 2018 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center April 28 (Saturday) as part of IDEA Week. The daylong event will feature two live sessions, one from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and one from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

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Multi-university collaboration developing platform to improve research reproducibility

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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From engineering to biology, there is at least some concern of whether or not a given study’s results can be reproduced and therefore utilized in another study. To overcome this challenge, computational scientists from five research universities, including the University of Notre Dame, are developing a cyberinfrastructure and supporting tools that allow researchers to conduct and track their work – including data and methodologies – in a reproducible way.

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Notre Dame earns LEED Gold certification for McCourtney Hall

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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McCourtney Hall was constructed with sustainable building practices from concept to completion, sourcing 33 percent of the building materials from the local region and using more than 32 percent of materials with recycled content.

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Enzyme in bacteria initiates repair of cell walls damaged by antibiotics

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Beta-lactam antibiotics, including penicillin, are one of the most widely used class of antibiotics in the world. Though they’ve been in use since the 1940s, scientists still don’t fully understand what happens when this class of drugs encounters bacteria. Now, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have elucidated how an enzyme helps bacteria rebound from damage inflicted by antibiotics not strong enough to immediately kill the bacteria on contact.

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Notre Dame researchers developing renewable energy approach for producing ammonia

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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Researchers at Notre Dame are developing a renewable energy approach for synthesizing ammonia, an essential component of fertilizers that support the world’s food production needs. The Haber-Bosch process developed in the early 1900s for producing ammonia relies on non-renewable fossil fuels and has limited applications for only large, centralized chemical plants.

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Study links rising heroin deaths to 2010 OxyContin reformulation

Author: Patrick Gibbons

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Researchers at Notre Dame and Boston University found that while prescription opioid consumption stopped rising in August 2010, heroin overdose deaths began climbing the following month, and the rate of growth was greater in areas with greater pre-reformulation access to heroin and opioids. 

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Notre Dame to confer six honorary degrees at Commencement

Author: Dennis Brown

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A distinguished group of U.S. and international figures will join the principal speaker, Brazilian Judge Sérgio Fernando Moro, as honorary degree recipients at Notre Dame’s 173rd University Commencement Ceremony on May 20.

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Harper Cancer Research Institute hosts 7th Annual Cancer Research Day

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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On April 9, faculty, students, staff, and the public are invited to attend the Harper Cancer Research Institute’s seventh annual Cancer Research Day. This flagship event highlights cancer research at the University of Notre Dame as well as other local cancer organizations.

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